Jennah Bell @ Rock'n'Roll Hotel, Washington DC - March 10, 2014.
This Oakland through Boston musician comes to us with a guitarist partner while playing guitar and handling all vocal duties herself. The 42 minute was utterly fascinating as it went from the expected light lounge R&B soul moves deep into surprising psychedelic folk territory. There were the daring moves of a Neneh Cherry right next to songs that sounded like Marissa Nadler.
This was haunting, delicate, highly original music here. So, it was no surprise to learn that Jennah Bell was accepted into the Berklee College of Music and has worked on her songwriting with Paul Simon and many other talented writers. It did not take 20 minutes to see that she is a major talent that should be able to unite music lovers from many different genres.
I even refused to let the gabby people in the back bother me as I focused on full concentration in order to lock into these wonderful songs. I will have the last laugh when in ten years, these people having their mundane conversations will be paying big dollars to see Jennah Bell.
Photo Credits: (1) Jennah Bell (unknown).